The aqua color of this butterfly and the capiz shell complement each other in such a way that it almost looks like one is looking at cobalt glass. This color is accentuated by the copper tone bordering the aqua centers. This is truly an impressive piece combining natural materials and colors and creating something breathtaking. The upper wing adorned in capiz is contrasted by the handcrafted metal lower wing. Both components meld together for a piece that showcases the artists talents.
The basic frame of the butterfly is created using tin, which is powder-coated with a black finish and makes this piece safe to use outdoors. The edges of the frame are reinforced using thicker tin wire. The front of this piece is adorned in areas with capiz shell, an oyster native to the Philippines, before being hand-painted and sealed with a water-based sealant. The primary purpose of this oyster to provide a source of food, however, the shell is a sustainable by-product that can be used for decoration. The capiz shell subtly replicates the reflective qualities of butterflies in nature. The entire piece is lightweight and has an eyelet in the back allowing it to be hung using a finishing nail, command strip, or a push pin.
Due to it being a natural material, the organic colors of capiz come through as tans and browns underneath the paint.